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In Defense of Grant and Lee

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National Review Online, by Mackubin Thomas Owens Posted By: StormCnter- Sat, 20 14 2014 10:14:23 GMT The conventional wisdom concerning the comparative generalship of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant was established almost immediately after the Civil War. Despite his role as, in the words of Frederick Douglass, “the rebel chieftain,” Lee has been portrayed as surpassing all others on both sides of the conflict not only in soldierly virtue but also in magnanimity and humanity. Indeed, for decades, no Civil War figure, not even Abraham Lincoln, has exceeded the reputation of Robert E. Lee. Lee has been described as the perfect soldier — a Christian and a gentleman as well as a peerless commander who

ISIS fighters terrified of being killed by female troops

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle Posted By: StormCnter- Sat, 20 10 2014 10:10:13 GMT WASHINGTON — Kurdish fighters battling ISIS desperately want more guns and armor, but they already have a secret weapon: The fanatics they’re fighting fear that if they get killed in combat by a woman, they won’t go to heaven. “They have many female battalions, as you know who fought very bravely,” Rep. Ed Royce (R'Calif.), who chairs the House International Relations Committee, told The Post of the Kurds. Royce, who met this week with the foreign minister of Kurdistan, cited recent reports of young female Kurdish troops “laughing” at ISIS forces they had turned back. “These ISIL soldiers apparently believed that if

Doing the Lambeth walk... in a sea of red: Pearly Kings and Queens plant ceramic poppies at Tower of London as part of WW1 centenary commemorations

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Daily Mail (UK), by Mark Duell Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 09 2014 10:09:41 GMT The sea of red is already quite a spectacle in itself, but today´s addition of the Pearly Kings and Queens made for an astonishing sight. The ´Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red´ project by artist Paul Cummins is seeing 888,246 poppies planted in the Tower of London moat. The last ceramic poppy will be planted on November 11. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial fatality in the First World War. (Snip) The poppies, a powerful symbol of remembrance for the awful trench warfare waged in the fields of Flanders, flow from the castle, out of its windows, over

The Senate and the Courts

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Weekly Standard, by Edward Whelan Posted By: StormCnter- Sat, 20 03 2014 10:03:44 GMT With little fanfare, President Obama has enjoyed remarkable success in his project to remake the federal courts in his own ideological image. How much more he achieves during his final two years in office depends in large part on whether Republicans win control of the Senate this November. Obama’s success is most marked in the federal courts of appeals, the intermediate level of the national judicial hierarchy. When Obama took office, only 1 of the 13 appellate courts had a majority of Democratic appointees. Now 9 do. Obama’s number of confirmed appellate nominees—53—only slightly exceeds President George W. Bush’s six'year total

Senate GOP charts agenda for the majority

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Washington Examiner [DC], by David M. Drucker Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 20 58 2014 09:58:31 GMT Senate Republicans are planning aggressive action to intensify oversight of the Obama administration and move conservative legislation long stymied by the Democrats if they win control of the upper chamber in the midterm elections. Republican leaders are promising a complete makeover of the chamber that goes beyond changes in legislative priorities, according to knowledgeable GOP sources. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, expected to become the next majority leader as long as he wins re'election on Nov. 4, plans to return power to the committees and promote a freewheeling debate process that allows members to shape legislation through a vigorous

‘Hate Speech’: the Left’s Term for ‘Opposing Viewpoints’

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PJ Media, by Spencer Klavan Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 20 55 2014 09:55:34 GMT Last week, a mass email went out at Yale University (my alma mater) protesting an upcoming visit from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a political activist and staunch critic of Islam. The subject line reads, “Dear Friends: More Speech, Not Hate Speech.” The email reveals that by “hate speech,” the writers mean what the Left usually means when they use that term: “opinions we don’t agree with.” Thirty'two student organizations signed the email under the leadership of Yale’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). That’s a revised number after the MSA was forced to reveal that its original list of 36 organizations was falsified. So,

Remind me again, why isn’t Condi Rice running for president?

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Hot Air, by Allahpundit Posted By: StormCnter- Sat, 20 49 2014 09:49:23 GMT I know I’ve written this post before but it’s something I’ve been thinking about amid all the “Condi for NFL commissioner!” stuff lately. (And besides, after two years, it’s due for an update.) Why commissioner and not GOP nominee? The 2016 field is “insanely wide open,” after all, and she’s got plenty to commend her — sterling academic credentials, years of diplomatic experience at the highest level, popularity among both wings of the GOP, and a trailblazer narrative that can trump even Hillary’s. She’d be seen, rightly or wrongly, as the “adult” in a field of Republican neophytes, someone whose

Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State

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The Federalist, by Angelo Codeville Posted By: StormCnter- Sat, 20 46 2014 09:46:04 GMT The American people’s reaction to Muslim thugs of the “Islamic State” ritually knifing off the heads of people who look like you and me boils down to “let’s destroy these bastards”—which is common sense. But our ruling class, from President Obama on the Left to The Wall Street Journal on the Right, take the public’s pressure to do this as another occasion for further indulging their longtime preferences, prejudices, and proclivities for half'measures in foreign affairs—the very things that have invited people from all over the planet to join hunting season on Americans. This indulgence so overwhelms our ruling class’s perception

Scotland vote: Winners and losers

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CBS News, by Staff Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 20 44 2014 09:44:18 GMT LONDON '' Who won and who lost in Scotland´s independence referendum? WINNERS: The 55.3 percent of Scottish voters who wanted to stay in the United Kingdom. LOSERS: The 44.7 percent who disagreed. WINNER: Gordon Brown. The former prime minister broke out of what seemed to be a long sulk since losing the 2010 election, and delivered a barnstorming defense of the United Kingdom which gave the No campaign some badly needed energy in the final days. LOSER: Alex Salmond. The leader of the Scottish National Party, which exists mainly to pursue independence, went down fighting for what he called a once'in'a'lifetime chance to

Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

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CNN, by Stephen Brusk & Ralph Ellis Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 20 39 2014 09:39:02 GMT Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN´s Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro'Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the Canadian coastline,

India, China Quietly Struggle in Indian Ocean

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Associated Press, by Tim Sullivan Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 20 35 2014 09:35:11 GMT NEW DELHI '' At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love'fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi´s home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket. The men are full of praise for one another, and one another´s countries. Xi gushes over India as "an enchanting and beautiful land." Modi declares that their pledges to work together "will open big gates for progress and development in the world."

Czar of brews: Pabst Blue Ribbon parent sold to Russian company

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New York Daily News, by Gina Pace , Thomas Tracy* Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 30 2014 09:30:31 GMT One of America’s most patriotic beers has defected. A Russian company has purchased Pabst Blue Ribbon, an iconic brew that’s been in production in the U.S. since 1844. New York aficionados of the beer — traditionally sold with a red'white'and'blue label — said “nyet” to the news when it was announced Friday. “I don’t think I will ever f'''''g drink another Pabst Blue Ribbon in my entire life,” said construction worker Danny Kelly, 34. “That is an American company, it is an American beer for God knows how many years and now it’s going over to Russia. I will boycott it,”

A Referendum on Amnesty?

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Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus Posted By: ketchuplover- Sat, 20 50 2014 08:50:30 GMT Should Republicans make the 2014 midterms a Referendum on Amnesty? Short answer: Yes! Karl Rove would never be so impolite as to mention immigration amnesty in a Wall Street Journal op ed advising Republicans what to do. Rove, like the WSJ ed board, is a long'time amnesty booster, after all.(snip)It was voter opposition to Obama’s plan for a de'facto amnesty by executive action that caused the President to postpone the plan until after the election. The logical GOP move is to keep this voter opposition alive by making a big national fuss about the Democrats’ plans. Why would Republican leaders

Authorities outside Pennsylvania home where survivalist gunman may be hiding one week after killing a state trooper and injuring another

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Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Zoe Szathmary Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 20 38 2014 05:38:28 GMT Eric Frein, one of the FBI´s most wanted and the man authorities say killed a Pennsylvania state trooper last week, may soon be apprehended. For a second night, authorities on Friday closed roads near a home where a suspect in the ambush killing of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper recently lived with his parents, and this time gunfire was reported in the area. The shots were fired in the area around 6:40 p.m. Friday, a Monroe County 911 dispatcher said. State police told residents in the townships of Price and Barrett to stay inside and asked others not to travel to the area

Fence'jumper makes it into the White House

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Associated Press, by Josh Lederman Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 20 35 2014 05:35:07 GMT WASHINGTON — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, just minutes after President Barack Obama had departed, the Secret Service said. The intruder sprinted toward the White House after leaping over the fence and ignored commands from officers to stop, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He was ultimately apprehended just inside the North Portico doors, the grand, columned entrance that looks out over Pennsylvania Ave. Donovan said the man appeared to be unarmed to officers who spotted him jumping the fence,

One in four Americans says they support seceding from the U.S.A. in wake of failed Scottish vote for independence

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Reuters, by Staff Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 20 32 2014 05:32:27 GMT The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from August 23 through September 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western

Wendy Davis Melts Down, Talks Over Moderator During Debate

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Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 20 29 2014 05:29:15 GMT HOUSTON, Texas '' On Friday Texas´ Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis '' both gubernatorial candidates '' debated in the state´s Rio Grande Valley. During the course of the debate, the issue of education came up. After hearing what Abbott had to say, a defensive Davis spoke when she was not supposed to and even interrupted a moderator multiple times''despite being told that it was not her turn to speak. The incident began after Davis asked Abbott a question that began, "Judge Dates has recently ruled against you and in favor of the school children of Texas,

Au revoir, ISIS fighters: French jets kill dozens of jihadists, destroy munitions facility

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New York Daily News, by Corky Siemaszko Posted By: earlybird- Sat, 20 59 2014 04:59:30 GMT The French did for President Obama on Friday what they refused to do for his predecessor — they joined the fight in Iraq. Two Rafale fighter planes armed with laser'guided bombs “entirely destroyed” an Islamic State munitions depot and killed dozens of ISIS fighters, making France the first coalition country to make good on its promise to battle the murderous militants. “Other operations will follow in the coming days with the same goal — to weaken this terrorist organization and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities,” French President Francois Hollande vowed. The French famously said “non” in 2003 when President Bush

Met Opera Sells Tickets with ´Murder a Jew´ Pic

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Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 20 50 2014 04:50:50 GMT The Metropolitan Opera has sunk to a new low in its glorification of the Palestinian terrorist murder of wheelchair'bound Leon Klinghoffer, on the Achille Lauro in 1995, say outraged Jewish groups. In its promotional materials, including a video on its official website, the Metropolitan Opera features a Palestinian terrorist pointing a gun at the back of a wheel'chair bound Klinghoffer, when he is about to murder him. “The Met Opera is clearly trying to sell tickets off of an evil Palestinian terrorist who is in the process of murdering a crippled Jew in the back in cold'blood” said Mark Langfan,

Obama to headline CBC dinner

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 20 34 2014 04:34:05 GMT President Obama will appear at a dinner for the Congressional Black Caucus next weekend, in a sign that tensions between the White House and black lawmakers over some of the president’s judicial picks may be dissipating. White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced the president´s attendance as the keynote address at the CBC’s annual Phoenix Awards Dinner on Friday. “We are again honored to have former CBC member President Barack Obama address this year’s Phoenix Awards Dinner,” A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, said in a statement. “Since the beginning of his first term,